Zachary Quinto, who memorably played young Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, said that filmmakers are in no hurry to mount a sequel, though he acknowledges everyone would like one next year. Quinto also offered us an update on several new projects and his NBC series Heroes.
With regard to Star Trek, "I know that they're breaking the stories and working on it," Quinto said in an interview Wednesday at the Video West Arcade in Glendale, Calif., where he was launching the Stride Gum "Save the Arcades" campaign. "J.J. [Abrams] and Bobby [Orci] and Alex [Kurtzman]. But I think those guys have other things that they're working on. Star Trek is a priority, certainly, but I don't think anybody's in a hurry. Which is what I love about them. You know what I mean? Of course the fans and the studio would love it to come out next summer if it could. I think it's going to be much better served by taking time and being clear about the story that they want to tell. Whether or not that involves Khan or Mr. Shatner remains to be seen."
Yesterday on Twitter, Quinto wrote, "new project coming very soon. hopefully next week," so I asked him what it was. "We have a couple of things coming up. My production company [Before the Door Pictures] is actively developing a few different things, and I think the next thing that we're doing, ... we have these comic books [LUCID] that we're publishing, and that will be by the end of the year, hopefully. ... And a short film that we did, like a Funny or Die exclusive that will probably be out in the next couple of weeks."
Having just seen the trailer for the new season of Heroes, I had a few Sylar questions for Quinto. I asked about the carnival scenes with brand-new villain Robert Knepper and how Sylar is connected to it all. "The carnival is going to be awesome," he said. "It looks so incredible, and Robert Knepper, who plays Samuel, Ray Park, who plays Edgar, and Dawn Olivieri, who plays Lydia, ... these are really, really incredible actors, and their characters are really multifaceted. It's a whole new dimension for the show. I think it's going to be incredibly exciting and really colorful and really dynamic. My involvement in it is unfolding as we speak. We're about to start shooting episode seven, so we'll see if I end up there or if I stay or what ends up happening to me, and I think it will be good. I think people are going to dig it. I know I am."
Quinto also let it slip that there may be a new romantic interest for Sylar. "There are a couple of little percolations, but we'll see if any of them take," he teased.
When we last saw our favorite evildoer, he had been tricked into thinking he was Nathan Petrelli. I asked Quinto when Sylar was going to figure it all out. "It's a long road for me to realize that," he said. "I'll say that. It doesn't happen right away. And the character exists in a couple of different places this season, one of which is in Matt Parkman's [Greg Grunberg] imagination. The other one is in Nathan's body. So it is a long road to getting right back to who we know him as."
In the past, Quinto has indicated that he thinks someone like Sylar is really too evil ever to be redeemed. So I wanted to know how he'd like his character ultimately to be taken out. "That's interesting," he said. "Those are longer-term conversations. And Tim Kring, our creator, is an incredibly supportive and creatively open person, so we have those conversations from time to time about where we see the character going. I don't know. Maybe the redemption would be in his eradication somehow. Maybe some kind of ultimate sacrifice. Or maybe just bloody and gory, ... a well-deserved demise for someone who's caused so much pain in the world of Heroes. We'll see."
Quinto also revealed that he's an avid gamer! Over the music from the nearby Tetris machine, Quinto told us why he thinks arcades are still relevant.
"I'm a big fan of anything old-school," he said. "I'm a big fan of giving people a place to go where they can feel really expressive of who they are and connect to people who are like-minded. A lot of arcades are owned by small businesses and families, and they're struggling [to stay] relevant in a society that is becoming ever more commercialized. ... For me it's about giving attention to that."